Top 5 mega-zoom digital cameras

Five small cameras that let you get up close and personal

Compact digital cameras with a large zoom range are perfect for those of you who want to focus on the details of faraway subjects. They are perfect for travellers as they won't command as much space in a backpack as a digital SLR, and they can even be used in the backyard to get a close-up of your dog's face as he lounges in the sun, for example. Our top 5 has great ultra-zoom compact cameras from Canon, Panasonic, Nikon, Samsung and Sony.

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Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

The Canon PowerShot SX210 IS has lots of design quirks, but its small body packs in a versatile range of features. It includes a 14x zoom lens, an f/3.1 lens and the ability to control the exposure manually, and you can also shoot video at 720p. Its overall image quality is good, albeit soft, but it's a fine compact shooter to have at your disposal for everyday snaps and is an ideal size to take with you while travelling.

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  • 19th July, 2010
  • Elias Plastiras
  • Canon
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  • Pros:
  • 14x zoom lens, f/3.1 aperture, manual settings, good depth of field
  • Cons:
  • Lots of design quirks with menu controls, soft images, loss of image definition when you heavily crop the images
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